A Monroe man who was paroled in August after serving more than 30 years for a murder conviction told a judge Thursday that he is remorseful for the crime he committed and should be released.
Larry Allen Moore Jr., 51, said in a Zoom meeting centered in Monroe County 38th Circuit Court that he served his time for the brutal strangulation of Connie Probst, a 1984 Jefferson High School graduate, who was raped and killed in her S. Monroe St. apartment in 1986.
“They keep saying I’m not remorseful,” said Moore, who is housed at the Carson City Correctional Facility north of Lansing. “I have empathy for the family.”
But Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Alexis M. Gipson-Goodnough argued that Moore should remain imprisoned because he still is a danger to the public and that the parole board made mistakes in its attempt to set him free.
“This was an extremely violent crime,” she told Circuit Judge Daniel S. White. “The public needs to be protected.”
White granted the prosecutor’s motion to stay, meaning Moore will remain imprisoned until a final decision is made.
The next court hearing will be Oct. 22 before White. During that hearing, the judge will hear arguments from Gipson-Goodnough and an attorney representing the parole board.
If White rules for the parole board, then Moore would expected to be released from prison soon after. If White rules in favor of the prosecutor’s office, the case then moves to the Court of Appeals, which would make a final decision.
Moore was 17 years old when he and a friend entered Probst’s apartment on S. Monroe St. The victim was 20.
According to court testimony, she was raped and, in order to prevent her from reporting the crime, was strangled to death with a cord from her curling iron.
The two eventually were arrested by Monroe Police detectives. At the time, an agreement was made with the then-prosecutor.
Moore’s friend, who officials believe has since died, was allowed to testify against Moore, who eventually was sentenced to serve 18 to 50 years in prison on a second-degree murder conviction in 1989.
In 2012, Moore was paroled, but the prosecutor’s office stepped in and successfully argued in court that he should remain in prison. Surviving Probst family members, such as Connie’s uncle, Zebbie Probst, have maintained that Moore has threatened to harm family members, including Connie’s sisters.
Zebbie Probst insists that Moore is a danger to everyone and, for the protection of the community, must serve his full sentence.